Gale Cengage Learning is one of the world leaders in eResearch and educational publishing for libraries and schools. It includes full-text magazine, newspaper articles and articles from over 600 online databases with up-to-date subject matter. The site includes the following resources:

  • Canada in Context
  • Global Issues in Context
  • Science in Context
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources)

Canada in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on a broad range of Canadian topics, people, places, and events. The solution merges Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference content, written from a Canadian perspective, with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on global issues, topics, and current events, including information on countries, geography, civics, and discussion of science issues. Resources may be used as a spring-board for critical thinking and analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Through an array of multimedia and interactive presentations, including a text-to-voice reading option, students have access to articles, references, periodicals, and primary source and statistical information.

Science in Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. The solution merges Gale’s authoritative and continuously updated reference content with full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.  Note that the Science in Context site also includes some Math topics.

Gale Virtual Reference Library opens a door to an online library database of encyclopaedias and specialized reference sources in the arts, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, science, and nation and the world.

GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources) focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centres around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia. Use Browse Issues and Topics, World Map, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

Log in to your parent home page in Encom, or through the Search Portal at the Search Portal landing page to find the links, usernames and passwords for all the subscriptions offered by HCOS.

For webinars on each of the sites, go to Gale Cengage Training Webinars.

For video tutorials on using each of the five sites:

Canada in Context Tutorials

Global Issues in Context Tutorials

Science in Context Tutorials

Gale Virtual Reference Library Tutorials

GREENR Tutorials


When using the Advanced Search, a dropdown list of suggestions will be offered.  Once a topic is chosen, quotation marks are automatically generated around the topic to remind students that quotation marks have a purpose.  The Search results will bring up multiple content types.  E.g.

Once you are into a page showing all the results of any one of the content types shown in the screenshot to the left, you can also sort by relevance, newest, document title or content level.

There is also a possibility for “Search within Results”.

Reading Tools for Students

Students can enlarge or reduce the size of text by choosing the small icon to the right of the title.

Once a student has logged in and found an article they would like to use, they can choose “Save to My Folder” from the Tools menu on the right, or any one of several other options, as described below.

This toolbar gives the option to find citations in MLA, APA and Chicago formats.

Students can highlight text and save to their folder, as well as make notes about the text.  This folder saves across all the InContext sites of GALE Cengage.

Students can send text from an article, or the complete article, to Google Drive, OneDrive or a social media site of their choice with almost 200 available options.

Students can print the text or article, email it, or download it into their computers.  Photos in the site are considered to be public domain, so may be used to illustrate articles.

Lastly, students may choose to have the article translated into a different language, and then the site will read the article to them in that language, using the ‘Listen’ toolbar just above the text, highlighting the words as they are read in that language.

GALE CENGAGE Learning offers an amazing list of helps for students wanting to do research.  First, Log in to one of the ‘In Context’ sites in GALE CENGAGE.   From the menu bar choose “More”.

Then choose “Educator Resources:

Scroll down the page to find:  “Research Toolkit: Help with Research and Reports for High School Students”.   This has excellent tip sheets and worksheets for the following topics:

  • How to Judge Information
  • How to Make a Concept Web
  • How to Choose a Topic
  • How to Write a Topic Sentence
  • How to Make an outline
  • How to Read and Understand Graphs
  • How to Cite
  • How to Organize a Report
  • How to Build an Argument
  • How to Write a Conclusion
  • How to Write a Thesis Statement
  • How to Create visual Representations of Data
  • How to Use Footnotes

Educator Resources in GALE Cengage Educator Resources in GALE Cengage

In the “In Context” sites, choose “More” to find the “Educator Resources” site.  This will provide resources for using the site, FAQs, Teacher Tools and Librarian Tools.  It will also provide an extensive Research Toolkit:  Help with Research and Reports for High School Students, including How to Judge Information, How to Make a Concept Web, How to Choose a Topic, How to Write a Topic Sentence, How to Make an Outline, How to Read and Understand Graphs, How to Cite, How to Organize a Report, How to Build an Argument, How to Write a Conclusion, How to Write a Thesis Statement, How to Create Visual Representations of Data and How to Use Footnotes.

Topic Finder

In the Advanced Search there is a menu at the top of the page:

To find new topics or keywords and discover new connections found in the top results, choose “Topic Finder” from that menu. This tool takes the titles, subjects, and approximately the first 100 words from a subset of your top results and feeds them into an algorithm. Keywords shown in the graphics are those found most often in the text with your search term.  E.g. The topic for “Illinois” might bring up expected connections from the text like “Chicago,” along with unexpected but commonly related terms like “water,” “steel,” and the names of people who appear frequently in documents about Illinois.

The default visualization is “tile” view with the option to change to “wheel” view.  Clicking on a tile or a topic in the wheel narrows your search results to the documents also containing that subject or term, which will then show up in the section to the right of the tile or wheel.

“More” Menu

Choosing the “More” icon on the top right-hand of the page will offer another menu:

The Educator Resources option offers multiple resources, including tools for teachers and many, many resources to help high school students with research and reports.

The Dictionary option allows a student to search a word in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary®.

The Title List allows you to move from one “In Context” site to another easily.

Search History shows you the search(es) you have done.  It also allows you to ‘Browse Issues’, ‘Browse Map’ or choose a ‘Curriculum Standard’.  When you choose a country in “Browse Map”, it will show you topics for research related to that country.

Highlights and Notes will show you the articles you have highlighted or notes you have written and saved to “My Folder”.

And lastly, you can go to “My Folder” and unearth the materials you have saved.

Lexile Reading Level

To find the Lexile level of an article, or to search for articles at a certain Lexile level, click on “Advanced” (to the right of the main search bar in the InContext sites) and scroll to the very bottom of the Advanced Search page to choose the Lexile reading level you want.  

The ‘Listen’ Toolbar

For students with difficulty reading text, there is support through the ‘Listen’ toolbar, which is found underneath the title and copyright at the top of In Context articles.  Clicking on the gear icon opens up the read/speaker toolbar below.  Clicking on the download icon allows a student to download an .mp3 audio file so the student can listen to the text being read on their own device at a later time.  If they have chosen the ‘translate’ option in the main “Tools” bar, they will be able to hear the text in the language of their choice.

This toolbar gives options for highlighting text as it is read, for enhanced text visibility (which is helpful for students with dyslexia), and for changes in reading speed.

Go to the Curriculum Correlations page to find information on how to access the GALE Cengage correlations in English, Science and Social Studies for Middle or High School.

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